One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sociology and Psychology. Of, relating to, or characterized by feelings, emotion, or mood.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French affectuel ardent, eager and its etymon post-classical Latin affectualis concerned with or appealing to the emotions, heart-stirring from classical Latin affectus + -ālis. Apparently re-formed in 20th cent. from classical Latin affectus affect + -al. Compare earlier affectually.
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